Editor’s note: Marc J. Randazza is First Amendment attorney based in Las Vegas, Nevada and editor of the law blog, The Legal Satyricon. He posted on CNN.com defending Rush Limbaugh’s right of free speech.
(CNN) — I despise Rush Limbaugh. I despise almost everything I have ever heard him say. I wish that he were no longer on the air. That is why I write today to defend him against those who call for him to be silenced.
Far too frequently, Americans find offense in another’s art, music or other expression, and then they call for censorship. This is intolerable.
The First Amendment stands for principles like that espoused by the Supreme Court in West Virginia v. Barnette: “Of there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”
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